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Fracking Time for a Step Back

July 29, 2015 by Steve Heisler
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Fracking Analysis

Fracking is one of the hottest environmental topics under discussion these days, and for good reason: Many known dangers exist. Additionally, there may be more problems we haven’t yet discovered, because the fracking process currently in use has a short safety track record.[read more]

New U.S. Fracking Rules Earn Disdain from Both Sides, and a Lawsuit

March 24, 2015 by Christina Nunez

Government Fracking Rules and Reaction

No sooner had the Interior Department released new regulations pertaining to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on about 756 million acres of federal and Indian land than industry groups announced a lawsuit to halt what they called “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns.”[read more]

New Interior Fracking Rules Might Help Ease Ban Momentum

March 23, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Industry would do well to embrace the new US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. Stronger regulation and compliance in the sector is the industry’s best avenue to roll back an increasing trend for localities to seek outright bans.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Technology is a Competitive Advantage'

March 19, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Technology and Energy

German oil and gas producers are urging the government to overturn a de facto four year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. A law that has been proposed would allow for commercial scale fracking at depths below 3000 meters.[read more]

Data Show Texas Ozone Levels Are Not Driven by Fracking

February 7, 2015 by Steve Everley
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Ozone and Fracking

The rapidly-growing Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas has struggled for years to reach attainment with federal clean air requirements for ozone, a problem that many environmental activists have blamed on fracking. But data suggests there is no credible link between ozone and the development of the Barnett Shale.[read more]

New York Fracking Ban Throws Peer Review Under the Bus

February 2, 2015 by Simon Lomax
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New York Fracking Ban

A research paper touted as peer-reviewed science – and used to justify New York’s ban on shale gas development – was actually peer-reviewed by active opponents of shale gas development who concealed their bias from the scientific community and the general public.[read more]

Revolutionary Oil Prospector Richard Masterson Shares Fracking Investment Opportunities Governor Cuomo Can't Touch

January 11, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Richard Masterson is a geologist in private practice with more than 40 years of experience, and has provided consulting services concerning the purchase of leases and minerals in the Permian Basin, as well as presented geological findings, drilling and completion results, and updates for investors.[read more]

Interview with Bob Hanold, Formerly of Los Alamos National Laboratory

January 6, 2015 by Alex Trembath

Bob Hanold Interview

Bob Hanold worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory until his retirement in 1999. Although initially involved in microseismic fracture mapping and hydraulic fracturing for geothermal projects, he transitioned entirely to oil and gas projects with the formation of the Partnership Office.[read more]

High-Energy Innovation: The Case of Shale Gas

December 19, 2014 by Jessica Lovering
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Shale Gas and Energy Innovation

The boom in U.S. natural gas production, created by technical innovations in the recovery of natural gas from previously inaccessible shale rock formations and land-use policies that favor private development, has helped lower electricity costs and benefited the petrochemical and manufacturing industries.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Short-Sighted and Reckless Victory for Health and Climate'

December 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson

New York Fracking Ban and Reactions

The opposite and deeply conflicted ends of the fracking spectrum that came alive when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would move to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, also known as 'fracking.' Reaction to the move has been swift.[read more]

Study Finds no Energy-Related Water Contamination in Bakken Region, But...

November 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Bakken Fracking and Water Risk

Oil and gas development in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana has not impacted shallow water resources, according to a new study. However, the age of the groundwater sampled and the sample locations indicate additional research should be conducted to fully evaluate energy production impact.[read more]

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Why Does the U.S. Still Need So Much Fracking Oil?

November 12, 2014 by John Miller
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Fracking Oil and Energy Needs

United States petroleum consumption peaked in the year 2005, and it has been declining from that high ever since. Can this improvement of U.S. petroleum consumption be sustained and possibly achieve a 30 percent reduction in 2005 to 2030?[read more]

Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

October 25, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Fracking and the Risk of Methane Leaks

Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates methane. Researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.”[read more]

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Making the Boom Bigger: Opportunities Abound for the Oil & Gas Industry to Address Environmental Challenges with Practical Innovation

October 1, 2014 by Alexander Goodman

Environmental Risk Management

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in the United States has created an extraordinary economic opportunity in the nation’s energy sector while it has at the same time has posed a nearly unprecedented amount of environmental concern.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: A Disturbing Climate March Observation

September 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Fracking, Activism, and Public Attention

The People’s Climate March in New York City drew an estimated 310,000 – 400,000 people. It’s great so many are passionate about addressing climate change, but it sometimes seems like people are quick to jump behind a cause without understanding the patchwork of issues that encapsulates it.[read more]